But some American authors are furious over the new Kindle lending library after accusations were made that the online book giant is "boldly breaching its contracts" with publishers, the Guardian reports.
The library has over 5,000 titles available, including bestselling titles and Booker-winning novels, Amazon said during the library's announcement that the books came from publishers under "a variety of terms". Most will have come from publishers after agreements were struck to include the books for a fixed fee, while others will have been purchased under standard wholesale terms each time the book is borrowed.
In a statement released by the Association of Authors' Representatives (AAR), it said:
"The agent and author community have not been consulted about this new sort of use of authors’ copyrighted material, and are unaware of how publishers plan on compensating authors for this sort of use of their books, which is unprecedented."
The group added: "Without a clear contractual understanding with their authors, it is unclear to us how publishers can participate in this program", whilst making it clear that it "isn't about Amazon", more rather a rebuttal to subscription models.
But this controversy is part of a long list of issues over the years, with publishers wanting one thing for its clients and writers, whilst major industries often attempt to take advantage without realising what a powerful collective force these groups and guilds of writers can be.